It has been revealed by Eurovision 2007 representative Alenka Gotar that Slovenia considered withdrawing from Eurovision 2023 earlier this year. Gotar, who is now a member of the Program Council of RTVSLO, posted this statement on social media:
“Great news! In the spring, RTV’s management and consultants were thinking about not participating in Eurovision anymore! I am glad that this time they took into account the opinion of the Music Commission of the RTV Program Council, of which I am the president, that it is important for Slovenian music and musicians to create new music that is also shown abroad. Thank you also to the entire program board of RTV, left and right councilors who supported us/me! No vote against! Long live the music!”
Slovenia first competed in the contest in 1993 and has now participated in 22 contests. Within that time, the broadcaster threatened to withdraw due to financial troubles before both the 2013 and 2014 contests. Although this is not the first time the country has thought of withdrawing, and may not be the last, they will be competing in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
In 2022, the country was represented by the up-and-coming band LPS with their song ‘Disko’. They came last in Semi-Final 1 with 15 points, which marks Slovenia’s worst placement since the 2013 contest.